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Two monkey sculptures on a bed Discovering the Squatters at Castell Coch- A collection of fantastical creatures have taken over the castle in a new exhibit at Castell Coch. The sculptures, by acclaimed artist Laura Ford, are presented by TEN. and Cadw. Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism opened the exhibit last week at a special preview event. Cat Gardiner, the curator ... more...
Squatters at Castell Coch Laura Ford: Squatters at Castell Coch- Castell Coch is hosting an exhibition by renowned sculptor Laura Ford at the end of next month. The work is presented by Cat Gardiner of TEN in partnership with Cadw. Ford imagines a direct conversation between the past and present; one where parrot-children flock to disrupt festivities in the banqueting hall; monkeys run amok in ... more...
Old newspaper The Obituary of Harry Punch- This week I’ve discovered a Western Mail report from January 1916 on the death of Mr Harry Langley from Tongwynlais, who died at the age of 100. The reporter visited Mr Langley on Christmas Eve in 1915, just a few days after his 100th birthday. Mr Langley is described in the article as a “fine ... more...
Old postcard of Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 5- The latest postcard in my series features a unique image of Castell Coch from – what is now – the golf course. This photo was produced by Bamforth & Co Ltd, who were famous for their saucy seaside postcards. I can’t find much information about their traditional postcard production. The company was founded in 1870 ... more...
Photo of Tongwynlais from 1971 Mary Gillham’s Tongwynlais – Part 1- I discovered some photos of Tongwynlais and Castell Coch from the “Mary Gillham Archive Project” back in 2016. The project volunteers have been adding some really great shots over the last couple of years. I’ll start with some photos from the 1960s and 1970s. All photos are from the Mary Gillham Archive Project. Read all ... more...